Many of you have commented about the release on November 29, 2017 announcing that the University of Kentucky had been selected by the Board of USA Cheer to attend the upcoming Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Korea. We think it is important to more fully explain the scope of this participation because there appears to be some confusion.
To clarify, the team is part of a 7 country delegation whose purpose is to provide crowd support for the athletes who are participating in the Games. The cheerleaders are not in any way competing, nor are they part of the Olympic program. Instead, they will be cheering for the athletes of all the countries, and in fact as directed by the IOC, will not be wearing uniforms designating their respective countries.
These teams were invited by the Korea Cheerleading Association, the Gangwon Province and the PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee. They were not selected by the IOC.
We know that traveling to the Olympics for a week and participating in a crowd support role will be a fun and rewarding experience for all the cheerleaders and coaches, and we congratulate them and send all of them our very best wishes for an exciting and memorable trip.